Eight newcomers see off Wales

Women’s Senior International Challenge match
Ireland 4 (Audrey O’Flynn 2, Sinead McCarthy, Chloe Watkins) Wales 0

Eight new caps helped Ireland start their preparations for the Champions Challenge I in earnest as they wiped out a similarly new-look Wales – who fielded seven first timers – in the first of three games this weekend at Belfield.

Sinead McCarthy netted on her return to the side with a dipping penalty corner strike in the fourth minute from Anna O’Flanagan’s good build-up work. Audrey O’Flynn whipped home drag-flicks either side of half-time to extend the lead to 3-0.

Chloe Watkins finished off the run from close range in the closing stages to close out the 4-0 with Grace O’Flanagan and Sammy-Jo Greer sharing a clean-sheet on debut.

They were joined in the line-up by Naomi Carroll, Ali Meeke, Sarah Greene, Nicola Gray, Leah Ewart and Katie Mullan who all made their first appearances in a senior international jersey.

Ireland: Grace O’Flanagan (Railway Union)
, Sammy-Jo Greer (Ballymoney)
, Niamh Atcheler (UCD)
, Sinead McCarthy (Hermes), 
Audrey O’Flynn (Hermes), 
Michelle Harvey (Pegasus)
, Sarah Greene (UCD)
, Nicola Gray (UCD)
, Chloe Watkins (UCD)
, Leah Ewart (UCD)
, Ali Meeke (Loreto)
, Alex Speers (Railway Union), Katie Mullan (UCD)
, Lisa Jacob (Hermes)
, Anna O’Flanagan (UCD)
, Miriam Crowley (UCC)
, Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute)
, Nikki Evans (Railway Union)

Saturday, August 25: Ireland v Wales, 2.30pm, Belfield
Sunday, August 26: Ireland v Wales, 12pm, Belfield

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